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The Invisible Woman

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  125 reviews
"An extraordinary profile of immense courage and daring."--Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Left Cuba

"If you only read one WWII book this year, make it this one."--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphans

In the depths of war, she would defy the odds to help liberate a nation...a gripping historical novel
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
3 ½ rounded up to 4

I’ve read several books about women spies during WWII but was glad that this one featured an American working with the French resistance. Virginia Hall was an American who was residing in France and became part of the United Kingdom's Special Operations Executive.

I found Virginia Hall’s background story to be very interesting but wish that it was laid out beforehand rather than interspersed within the story. I found that stopped the flow of the novel at times. The fact that M
Erika Robuck
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

I've long been writing about American authors and the women in the shadows of their success. While researching my next forgotten wife, an editor asked, "Instead of writing another 'wife-of-famous-man' book, why not write about a woman who is remarkable on her own?" That stopped me in my tracks.

Around that time, Virginia Hall entered my radar in a way I can’t pinpoint, and she’s been haunting me ever since. Virginia is not only a remarkable woman from history who grew up where I did (
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love books about real people and events. I love learning things from them that I never knew before. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea who Virginia Hall was or that she was a pioneering agent of the United Kingdom's Special Operations Executive. She was an American who became the first female agent to take up residence in France. A young woman from Baltimore who found her calling as an Allied Spy working to stop the Nazis.

The Invisible Woman tells her story and those she worked with. Sh
Holly  B


Virginia Hall ( a real life WWII agent) was such a courageous woman and spy working to bring down the Nazi's. It is her second operation to help arm the French Resistance. She took many risks and there were moments in the novel that felt like I was beside her (holding my breath) as she put herself in dangerous situations, amongst the enemy.

Who do you trust? You can't make mistakes as a spy, it could be deadly.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and details of her missions and heroism. Th
A riveting story about a remarkable woman. The strength, resilience and compassion of people never fails to amaze me. This is the fictional story of a real lif hero Virginia Hall. Virginia was an American working for the UK as an ally spy at the end of WWII. Working behind enemy lines in France helping get supplies and weapons to the French resistance. The story was informative, compelling, and heartbreaking. The bravery and tenacity of the French people was commendable.

Whenever I read a story
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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3,5 ⭐️

Historical fiction is not my usual go to genre but once in a while I read one that makes me wonder why I don't read more of these. A few years back I became quite saturated with WWII novels as they all seemed to be told from the same perspective. "The invisible woman" is also a WWII novel, but in this case the focus is all set in an amazing character I had never heard about, Virginia Hall, an American who worked with the United
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, blog-tours
Who was Virginia Hall? Well, once you read The Invisible Woman, you will never forget her name. Virginia, code name Diane was the most formidable force within the Special Operation Executive (SOE) organization. Tasked with conducting espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance in Nazi infested France, Virginia became an expert in organizing resistance movements. Virginia’s unfaltering courage and self sacrifice will be remembered once you finish the novel.

A heavy hitter of historical fiction, The In
Natasha Lester
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Invisible Woman, Erika Robuck shows us exactly how biographical fiction should be written: with respect for the historical record, a deep understanding of the subject, and the empathy to allow the character at the heart of the novel to shine through. Virginia Hall was a true hero and she comes to extraordinary life in this book. I loved everything about it, from Virginia’s bravery to her frailties, to the enthralling evocation of life with the French Resistance during WWII, to the incredi ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. I am grateful for a chance to review it, although review may be a generous descriptor. More like a plea for someone to adapt this into a Netflix movie or series.
Breaking down this novel I can break it down into technical details such as prose style and characters in which it is very strong. And plotting and sheer storytelling, where it is also strong

The invisible woman is a historical biographical novel which sounds almost as dau
Pam Jenoff
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Master historical fiction writer Erika Robuck is back with this epic story, inspired by true events, of Virginia Hall, the American woman who overcame great odds to serve as an Allied spy during World War II.
Robin Loves Reading
One thing I have learned about reading historical fiction. That is I learn about situations and people that I never once heard about while in school. In the case of this book, The Invisible Woman, I am honored to have met Viginia Hall Goillot. How one of America's most important spies during World War II has only just become to be recognized is difficult to believe. To jump ahead in her career years after the war, she became an agent for the CIA and she is recognized in their annals, but not so ...more
A powerful and moving tale of strength against the odds, loyalty and dedication, Erika Robuck’s THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is a tale of courage, honor and daring. Based on a real life heroine during WWII as she becomes an Allied spy dedicating her life to fight the Nazis and avenge the deaths that haunt her from her first mission.

It takes a rare breed of person to do what Virginia Hall did and as such, she was one of many unsung heroes who made a difference in one of humanity’s darkest times. Brilliant
Misha (Heartsfullofreads)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Was that killing justice, or did it add to the scale heavy with humanity's sins in this war? Will there ever be enough good deeds to balance the sin?"

This book wasted no time getting started. Instead of explaining what life was like before the war, this book started during the war. That helped quite a bit with pacing. Virginia was an amazing woman. She was selfless, strong, and determined. She may have come off as cold-hearted, but her job was not to be liked. What her and her friends did was
Carol lowkey.bookish
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel. I have read many WWII stories, but this one covered a part of the war I didn't know much about.

I couldn't help but admire the main character, Virginia Hall, who was a Baltimore socialite turned Allied spy. Her story is riveting and the tension builds when she continues to put herself in danger preparing the French resistance for D-Day.

Virginia was betrayed on a previous mission and this haunts her in the form of numerous flashbacks. The flashb
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is Virginia Hall? Or rather, where is she? Disguised as an old woman, she moves undetected through France assisting multiple groups of the Maquis. She is a 'pianist'. Communicating with HQ to set up drops of supplies under the full moon. She is a mentor for hundreds of young men who need direction. She is waiting for D-Day and the opportunity to overthrow the Nazis and liberate France. She is also a woman who cannot serve in the armed forces alongside her trainees. She is a woman with a limp ...more
Cindy Burnett
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Robuck brings real-life American heroine Virginia Hall to life, highlighting her immense bravery as an Allied spy in German-occupied France during World War 2. She vividly depicts Hall’s extraordinary heroism amid the horror of the Nazi atrocities while also shining a light on the thousands of regular people who bravely joined the Resistance (and put their lives on the line) to ensure that their country would not fall to the Nazis. I read this one in less than 24 hours and absolutely loved it. I ...more
Deanne Patterson
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by:
Through the authors intense and thorough research we are able to attain a bit of an understanding of the life of a woman who basically hid in plain sight.
Based on true historical facts in the life of Baltimore native Virginia Hall she is an amazing woman.
From her spy uniform of dyed gray hair and baggy clothing to being an infirm elderly woman this American woman in France, an Allied spy, worked with the Resistance to take back France from the Nazis.
Spies behind Nazi lines were not expected to
Jillian Doherty
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On the heals of A Woman of No Importance - if you enjoyed the bio it for exposing Virginia Hall's incredible and harrowing true story, then you'll love this too!

Robuck has a keen way of framing incredible heroins throughout history, offered in a poignant and powerful way. She creates gritty realities and fully vetted characters that resonate with you long after you finish reading about them.

Here we get to meet Virginia before she became a legend, when she was a relatable yearning young woman. W
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Many thanks to Stephanie @Berkley for providing review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

The Invisible Woman was brilliant biographical historical fiction that was based on a real and very famous American woman who played heroical role in history. It was about war, how people and agents worked for liberation, getting back what was taken by enemy, courage, resilience, survivor guilt, PTSD, redemption, getting over guilt, justice, keeping faith, and finding h
Barbara Powell
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible story of an unbelievably strong and resilient American woman, who was well educated and went to study in Paris before world war 2 broke out and the nazis invaded France. When she was younger, she had an accident which left her with a prosthetic leg in a time when they were cumbersome and complicated but she never let that hold her back. She was forced to flee France and went to Britain where she met a spy and took on different jobs and appearances in order to protect herse ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Historical / Contemporary Women
*Rating* 4.0


The Invisible Woman, by author Erika Robuck, is the story about one of America's best female spies: Virginia Hall. This is the first time anyone has written a novel about Virginia Hall, the Baltimore woman first rejected from the US Foreign service because an injury left her with one leg, who went on to become a secret agent who helped change the course of the war. This story takes place between 1926 and 1948. Virgini
Julia Kelly
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, tense book that shows the courage and steel of real-life spy Virginia Hall. I couldn't put this book down! ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Erika Robuck and will not be my last. I look forward to many more.

My favorite line from this book is: "My name is Virginia Hall."

WOW! This book was so good. I've not read a historical fiction book like this before. It has enough truth in it to make it great and enough fiction to work its magic. Though it is very sad in parts it's also very inspiring. The main character, Virginia, is a very strong female. She takes nothing from anyone if she can help it. She's fierce and
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The publishing world seems saturated by WWII novels. And yet there always seems to be one more story to be told, a story unlike the others we have read. The Invisible Woman offers readers a character so amazing that it is hard to believe she is based on a real woman.

In The Invisible Woman, Erika Robuck brings to life Virginia Hall Goillot who went into occupied France as a "pianist," coordinating and supplying the Marquis as they sabotaged the Nazis. She was the only civilian woman to be award
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-reads, arc
I received a gifted galley of THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Erika Robuck for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is historical fiction based on the very real Virginia Hall. Virginia was an American woman who fell in love with France as a young woman. In the midst of World War II, she is determined to do everything she can to help the French resistance drive out the Nazi occupation. With the expectation that she
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set in France during World War II, 37 year old Virginia Hall is determined to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE). First, however, she must prove she has not only the grit needed, but also that her prosthetic leg won't slow her down. At last, Virginia is granted a position as a secret agent coordinating supply drops to arm, feed, and organize the Resistance. Along with each and every drop, she also provides them with much needed HOPE.

"It's not the fists alone that win the fight."

Once pla
Connie Saunders
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
La Dame Qui Boite--The Lady Who Limps, Most Dangerous of Allied Spies

Imagine seeing your own face staring back at you from a wanted poster as you try to slip past Nazis who are swarming the busy hub of a French train station. Will they see past the gray dye that hides your auburn hair, the wrinkles drawn on your forehead and cheeks, the fake eyeglasses, and the layers of clothing that make you look so much heavier? Will they recognize that you are the 'limping lady' who has become a thorn in the
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Robuck’s writing had me hooked from the first page. The excitement as the French resistors awaited the arrival of DDay was palpable. When the June 5, 1944 finally came, I couldn’t help but cry my eyes out (and then I cried again typing that). The relationships she built were so touching. I admittedly had a bit of a harder time following the second half with all of the traveling and new people, but I still found myself flying through the pages to see what would happen next!

I am seriously so grat
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of WWII fiction, do you really need another title to read? In this case, YES.

Maryland-born socialite Virginia Hall broke the silken ties of her society upbringing to become one of the most most influential undercover spies of the 20th century. "Invisible Woman" is only part of her astounding story, albeit a breathtaking one. Set in occupied France in the weeks leading up to D-Day "Invisible Woman" colorfully depicts Hall's harrowing, relentless determination to overturn Nazi ru
This novel based on the true story of American spy Virginia Hall drops you right away into WWII action. I couldn’t put this book down; it’s one of the very best WWII stories I’ve read lately. It’s fast-paced with no slow moments, short chapters, and memorable characters based on real people that Virginia interacted with and worked with. The author herself interviewed Virginia’s niece, and the result is a beautiful offering that’s the perfect follow-up after reading A Woman of No Importance and o ...more
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